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Correctional Officer Salary

Pay for Correctional Officers in the United States is very modest at just $35K per year. The pay spectrum stretches from $25K to $57K per year. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the specific employer, though the particular city and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Correctional Officers who answered the questionnnaire. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$24,954 - $61,508
(Median)
$25K
$35K
$62K
MEDIAN: $35,161
10%
50%
90%

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$10.71 - $22.64
(Median)
$11
$15
$23
MEDIAN: $15.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$24,954 - $61,508  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,022  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,627 - $57,215  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,022
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.71 - $22.64  
   
Overtime
$14.50 - $39.50  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,022  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$24,627 - $57,215  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 692
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Job Description for Correctional Officer

A correctional officer works at a prison, jail, or similar institution. They are responsible for maintaining the safety and control of all persons remanded to the custody of the facility. The help ensure and enforce all procedures and regulations as required by the jurisdiction and management.

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Correctional Officer Tasks

  • Responsible for transporting or moving prisoners.
  • Receive and secure prisoners until their release.
  • Maintain security of the jail or institution.
  • Supervise prisoners and maintain security, rules, regulations and cleanliness in correctional facility.

Common Career Paths for Correctional Officer


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It's not very common for Correctional Officers to move on to become Registered Nurses. Average pay for a Registered Nurse is $55K annually. Becoming a Corrections Officer is, more often than not, the most common role that Correctional Officers move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $36K. Another frequent advance is for Correctional Officers to assume a Security Officer role; in this role, workers often earn $25K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Correctional Officer


Dominating the field, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons, The GEO Group, Inc., and Florida Department of Corrections are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Correctional Officers. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, NYSDocs offers the most; Correctional Officers earn $59K on average there. Correctional Officers can also look forward to large paychecks at Federal Bureau of Prisons ($48K), Oregon Department of Corrections ($47K), and Arizona Department of Corrections ($41K).

Other low-paying employers include Georgia Department of Corrections at $27K and Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) at $31K, though some Correctional Officers there earn up to $46K.

Popular Skills for Correctional Officer


Survey results show that Correctional Officers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, facility with Safety Compliance and Transport are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 37 percent and 21 percent, respectively. It is not unusual for someone who knows Oral / Verbal Communication to be familiar with Security Policies and Procedures as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Correctional Officer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Correctional Officers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $32K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $36K. Correctional Officers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $39K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Correctional Officer generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $47K.

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Experience Affects Correctional Officer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 35%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Correctional Officer Salaries

Safety Compliance
up arrow 37%

Transport
up arrow 21%

People Management
up arrow 2%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 1%

National Average
$35,000

Security Policies and Procedures
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 259 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 10%
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